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Renewable Energy

December 22, 2010

In the January/February 2011 issue of InSite magazine published by Christian Camp and Conference Association, I shared three sources of renewable energy: solar power, wind power and biomass power. Another source is hydro-electric power.

Hydro-electric power: Many camp properties have streams or rivers flowing through them. For those of you who fit this category, have you considered this water as a resource for hydroelectric power generation?

Most people immediately envision concrete dams, large reservoirs and giant turbines. You might be amazed by how small and simple small hydro systems can be. Actually, any camp with a source of water that can be piped or allowed to flow from a higher elevation to a lower elevation has the potential to create hydroelectricity. The Web sites listed below and their case studies will give you an understanding of how they work and can help you calculate the potential power of your water source.

www.waterwheelfactory.com

www.otherpower.com

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